Latest Summer 2008 California wildfires Stories

Climate Is Just One Factor in Wildfires
2012-07-04 15:05:02

It's shaping up to be a fiery summer across the United States. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, as of July 3, 45 large active wildfires are currently burning in 15 states. Combined, these fires have scorched nearly three-quarters of a million acres. Since January 1, wildfires have burned nearly 2.2 million acres across the country, including devastating blazes in Colorado and New Mexico. We asked JPL Climatologist Bill Patzert to discuss the recent wildfire outbreak and...

2008-07-29 21:00:28

A fire charring forest land west of Yosemite National Forest and threatening communities in Mariposa County, Calif., continues to spread fast. The Telegraph fire has scorched 29,600 acres and remains 10 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire is burning with "a rapid rate of spread in multiple directions" in steep, rocky terrain that is challenging firefighters, Cal Fire states. Erratic fire behavior also is attributed to...

2008-07-18 06:00:30

By Peter Hecht, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 18--President Bush took a helicopter tour of charred forests above Shasta Lake on Thursday and vowed to do the "best ... we possibly can" in directing federal assistance to help California respond to devastating wildfires. With nearly 2,000 lightning fires since mid-June devouring more than 880,000 acres and burning a hole in the state budget, Bush promised not to leave California stranded. Federal disaster officials to date have pledged...

2008-07-16 21:00:17

By Daniel Lopez, The Monterey County Herald, Calif. Jul. 16--Firefighters on the Basin Complex and Indians fires in Los Padres National Forest are consolidating their camps today. Crews are moving from a temporary site at the Carmel Valley Airport and from a site in King City to an area of Tassajara Road. "It's going to be so much easier for them to get information out to everyone," said Susan Stevens spokeswoman for the Basin Fire. Firefighters will still remain at Andrew Molera...

2008-07-13 06:00:15

By Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 13--The Gap fire that once threatened Goleta was declared 85 percent contained Saturday evening, with full containment expected by Wednesday. Officials said Saturday that the 9,443-acre wildland fire that began July 1 north of the city in Los Padres National Forest has not grown significantly in the past three days. "It's been very, very tame," said John Ahlman, fire information officer for the forest. Ahlman said crews had cut a line around all...

2008-07-12 06:00:16

By John Scheibe, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 12--Fighting and winning the battle against a wildfire is much like fighting a war: It takes lots of boots on the ground and tactical assaults from the air. Maj. Bryan Allen is a commander in the air war against the numerous wildfires plaguing California, including the 9,443-acre Gap fire burning in the mountains above Santa Barbara and Goleta. Swooping down to drop thousands of gallons of water or fire retardant on a wildfire "is one...

2008-07-12 06:00:16

By Adam Foxman, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 12--A potential storm moving up from the southeast could help or hurt firefighters' efforts to battle a 9,400-acre wildfire in the mountains above Santa Barbara and Goleta, authorities said. "It depends on whether or not we get any rain," Rolf Larsen, a Los Padres National Forest spokesman, said of the weather pattern, which also could bring wind and lightning. There is a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in Santa Barbara and...

2008-07-11 09:00:32

Firefighters worked to set up fire breaks to prevent a wildfire moving through Los Padres National Forest in California from reaching Carmel Valley. Fed by high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds, the Basin Complex Fire spread across the rough terrain of Ventana Wilderness toward the town of Carmel Valley just miles away, The Salinas Californian reported Friday. If flames breach the fire line above Carmel Valley, the Basin Complex Fire will pose an immediate threat to the...

2008-07-11 06:00:24

By Laura Bly Even as more than 300 uncontained wildfires burn across Northern and Central California and a storied stretch of the Big Sur coast probably will stay off-limits to visitors through early next week, the state's tourism industry is scrambling to reassure vacationers that most hotels, attractions and campgrounds are open and unaffected. About 1,700 wildfires have scorched more than 1,000 square miles and nearly 100 homes in the state since a lightning storm struck more than...

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